Shamrock Rovers today announced the signing of Ireland U21 International Ethan Boyle.
Speaking of today’s signing Head Coach Stephen Bradley said:
“I’ve liked Ethan for a long time. I think he brings a lot of qualities to us. He’s very athletic, powerful and he can use the ball. He’s very comfortable on the ball because he’s played midfield as well. He has a lot of really good attributes.
He’s a good age, he’s an Irish under 21 international so I think he’s a great fit for us. I believe we can help take Ethan’s game to the next level, make him into a top right back, centre-back and midfielder. He can play in 3 or 4 positions. I’ve known him for a number of years and he’s impressed me every time I’ve seen him, whether it’s right back or central midfield.
We had him on trial a couple of years ago (under Pat Fenlon). Back then I think we had too many players in those positions. Ethan has obviously gone off and played a lot of games in the league since then. When I spoke to him he just wanted to come and sign for us and get playing. He knows that he can be a big player for the club in the coming years. He’s really looking forward to it.”
“It didn’t take much persuasion. It’s a big club and the thought of playing for Shamrock Rovers is quite a big thing so I was more than happy to join. I’m very excited, I can’t wait to get to pre-season and hopefully get myself a starting position and hold it down.
Stephen Bradley hasn’t specifically spoken to me about right-back but he’s said that a position in the back four may be more suited. I’ve no problem staying in a position for a year and completely honing in on that position and becoming the best player I can.
I think I’m versatile, I can do a job in a lot of places. I’ve always said I like playing in midfield but I know there’s a lot of competition here. If they want me to play in midfield, right-back or centre-back I don’t mind. It was a good experience (on trial at Rovers in 2016). I really enjoyed training with the team and it gave me an insight into the way things worked on a full-time basis. I was 18 or 19. I thought I did quite well. I wasn’t too worried that I didn’t sign back then, I knew if I kept working hard and doing what I was doing I would get full-time football somewhere and I’m quite happy that it’s at Shamrock Rovers now.
I think I’ve come on a lot. I’ve spent two years in the Premier Division, that’s a lot of experience for me.I really enjoyed it at Finn Harps. I made a lot of friends there and a lot of personal goals came through for me. Certain aspects of my game have been improved and still need to be improved and I’m sure that’ll happen here. “
SRFC Sporting Director Stephen McPhail pictured with Ethan Boyle today (pic credit George Kelly)